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The Importance of Work-Life Balance for Increased Workplace Productivity

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Work-Life balance is one of the most discussed subjects of 2014. Some say it is impossible, and some say it’s vital to the success of a business. Regardless, the first step to achieving it, is to understand what it is and how it helps.

What Is It Work-life balance is basically the positive relationship between work and other equally important activities in life which include family leisure, etc. The relationship can’t be clearly defined and varies from person to person according to their life demands. It’s important to notice the word, “relationship,” meaning that this is not a contest or a scale we must balance.

It’s an interaction of ideas that satisfie the needs in your individual life. Work and Life are not separate spheres. They are integrated moments in life that happen throughout the day.  Also, the concept of work-life balance is not just associated with women or busy executives. It’s a process applicable to everyone to increase the level of employee workplace productivity and motivation.

Benefits to Employees and Employers When you increase a person’s satisfaction level, they will benefit mentally and physically, which will, in turn, cause the culture of your business of to improve. Some examples include:

  • The individual is better responsive and can easily work in their paid work as well applying themselves fully to other aspects of their life like family commitments.
  • The self-esteem increases as well a health and other related aspects of one’s character like loyalty
  • The employee gets full control of their working life and can adapt better to any changes
  • The balance makes everyone at home happy and everyone at work happy
  • Employee-Employer relations will most likely improve
  • Turnover rates decrease while productivity increases
  • Employees are more likely to take a job that offers less money if there work-life balance is increased
  • Less sick days

Work-life balance can increase the productivity in the workplace and improve the work environment in general. To bring this change to your business, contact Andy Core for more information. To learn more on Andy’s programs 

 

The Secret Recipe to Productivity

Productivity is one of the most used words in our vocabulary. It’s a quality that matters to both a business and the individual. Everyone wants to feel like their life has purpose, and productivity is a measure of whether or not you’ve applied yourself and have something to show from your day.

There are apps, books and careers dedicated to getting us to be productive and yet, the average person tends to trudge through their day and force their productivity to come out. It’s a chore, not a habit.

In a recently discovered blog called, TYNAN, the article, Why Obsess About Productivity?, got me wanting to pinpoint the key ingredients for productivity.

  1. Be Excited

This might seem obvious, but too many people are living a life that they simply aren’t passionate about. It’s no wonder why the daily tasks that make up their day are less than stimulating. For instance, if you like writing and yoga, these tasks will be easy. They make you happy, and with some intention, they’ll become habits. If you hate running and coding, these tasks will most likely take forever to finish, and even when you did manage to, it’d most likely be done badly.

So before you can change your day to become the better version of yourself, first decide if the way you’re spending your time is actually the way you want to spend it. Reflect over your day. Are you proud of your work, your hobbies, and your habits? If not, what else would you like to do? Zen Habits Leo Babauta gives this encouragement in his article, Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled, “Try a lot of things. When you get good at something, by the way, you’ll like it much more. You’ll suck at everything at first.”

Imagining change is scary, but the idea of doing something that makes you miserable just because it’s available is even scarier. You have one life. Get excited about it.

  1. Make your work a Sprint. Not a Marathon.

This advice comes from Jamie Herzlich’s article, “Small Business: How owners can reduce stress.” The concept is essentially to work hard and stay focused when you’re doing a task rather than attempting to work constantly and running out of steam.

Jeff Haden’s article “The 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Really Work,” gave this advice, “Instead of thinking, “What can I get done in an 8 hour day?” I’ve started to think, “What can I get done in a 90 minute session?”

Also, Give yourself breaks after you finish a task and clear your head. This keeps you from “multitasking” for the sake of working, which usually equates to scattered, unproductive effort with little product. If you’re bogged down, try to stretch, walk, or laugh rather than sit in your chair and go on autopilot.

  1. Stop Rushing and Get Organized.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where your server was going nonstop? Did you enjoy the experience? Did it make ordering your food easier? Was your server even doing a better job?

Now imagine that your coworker rushes like this hypothetical server. Does working with a manic manager make you a better employee, or a scattered one? Most people would agree that it’s easier to accomplish a task and enjoy yourself while you do it if those involved stay calm and collected. This point is expanded upon in Will Yakowicz’s article, “Stop Rushing at Work: Stress Makes you Less Productive.” “The key is to plan and prioritize instead of being reactive. Being in control instead of being rushed helps your employees to stay calm, avoid stress, and be more productive.” The point: don’t rush your tasks, rank them.

On this same thought, you don’t have to respond to every email immediately. Instead, try to set aside a few times in your day to respond to all your emails at once so that you don’t lose focus on what you have set out to do.

  1. Stay Motivated

Now that you’re passionate, focused, and organized, the only thing you’ve got to do is maintain that energy. This is done by accomplishing the tasks you’ve set for your day and giving yourself the credit for these achievements. Whether it’s making a checklist and steadily eliminating your tasks, or the positive momentum you’ve collected from knowing that you’re having a successful day, recognize your pattern and repeat it with joy. Because you are now doing a job you love, and you’re doing it well.

Living the dream is possible. You just have to enjoy yourself and set your pattern.

 

I Get By With a Little Help

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Figuring out how to balance your work and home life is one thing, maintaining it is quite another. Professional speaker Andy Core talks about why having a buddy system in place makes you more likely to achieve work life balance.

These are the people who care about you and love you, but also know you enough to support and instruct with honesty. In other words, these are the people who will motivate you to be better.

  1. Friends Keep you Focused. Friends will give you that extra boost you need when you’re close to blurring the lines. Being accountable to others increases the chances that you’ll stay on track with your plans for your own work-life balance.
  2. Friends are Everywhere: That business adage of never putting all your eggs into one basket applies to buddies as well. A professional speaker knows that having workout buddies is just as important as having buddies at work. Friends can be segmented by environment. All your buddies don’t have to be your best friends. Live life by making friends everywhere you go and you’ll always enjoy where you are.
  3. Friends Keep you Fun. People with active social and work lives tend to feel more enriched about life in general. In turn, feeling good about life means you’ll probably be more productive at both work and home.

Therefore, it’s so important to prioritize your relationships to make you a better person. In my life, there are five people I talk to every week. I intentionally seek their company out because I know that they are part of my support system. Sometimes this takes work, but it’s always worth it.

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A Keynote Speaker Advises on Sleeping Your Way to the Top

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Every keynote speaker who’s at the top of his or her game knows just how important a good night’s sleep is. Andy Core lists some of the top reasons why your poor sleep habits may be preventing you from climbing up the corporate ladder.

  1. Getting proper shut-eye for 7-9 hours a night leaves you feeling refreshed and energized the next day and better able to tackle work projects with utmost skill and attention.
  2. Sleeping well and long enough on a regular basis can help stave off health problems. The healthier you are, the less likely you are to take valuable time off work and not be there for important projects.
  3. Your brain plays through the day’s events when you’re asleep. Depriving it of this review time means that you’re less able to deal with your surroundings the next day and make less use of your intellect. A keynote speaker knows that the corner office doesn’t go to someone who can’t consistently think quickly on the spot.
  4. The less you sleep, the more likely you are to put on weight that can lead to obesity. Unless you’re Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, how you look – unfortunately – has a lot to do with where you work.

A professional keynote speaker like Andy Core knows that with only a couple of small changes, changing your sleeping habits can lead to better performance at the office and an increased chance of promotions.

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Concrete Plans vs. Flexible Goals | Practical Advice to Improve Life

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

When it comes time to map out the kind of lifestyle design you want for yourself, leadership speakers such as Andy Core say it may actually be a bad idea if you plan it out too carefully. While it’s always good to have a solid plan for moving forward, sticking too closely to it means that you can cut yourself off from possibilities and opportunities that may arise.

Keep it Flexible

Start with a skeleton idea of what you want. Is it a big beachfront property? A yacht? Winters in Florida? Figure out where you want to spend your golden years and how much it’ll cost to achieve that. Next, budget how much money you’ll have to sock away each month to make it happen and allow room for it to change. Chances are you’re not going to spend the rest of your life without receiving promotions, so make sure you change your lifestyle design each time that happens.

At the same time, this skeleton idea may very likely be different in a year. That’s okay. It’s more important to strive to improve than to have a concrete idea as to what you’re going towards.

Save Your Money

Put away as much money as you can to make it happen. With inflation and changing interests, it’s always better to end up with more money than less money. All leadership speakers know that when it comes to their own lifestyle design, they start off loosely and firm up towards the end line.

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